The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

On Monday we had wonderful celebration of our Parochial Feast. We were joined by our wonderful Ordinariate priests Fr. Jeff Woolnough, Fr. Lee Bennett, Fr. Bob White and their communications officer, Fr. James Bradley along with the Ordinary, Mgr. Keith Newton. What a pleasure it was to welcome them into our Parish. We had a beautiful Mass, and Mgr. Keith spoke brilliantly, mentioning the Pope's shock resignation, as well as preaching on the Gospel.

There's a good explanation of the Ordinariate here along with an explanation of why it was created here.

Fr. Kevin asked me to take some pictures of the occasion which you, beloved reader, are privileged to view before they are used anywhere else!

Fr. Jeff from St. Peter's Eastwood who is a great friend and is much loved and respected.

Fr. Lee from Benfleet.

My two oldest sons, Michael and William.

Fr. Kevin, our Parish Priest and Dean of Southend with Mgr. Keith Newton, the Ordinary.

The Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is juridically equivalent to a diocesan bishop but his power is vicarious (rather than proper) and his authority is personal (rather than immediate).

Each diocesan bishop is the Ordinary for his diocese (this does not mean ‘ordinary’ in the sense of common or normal but is an ecclesiastical term which means someone who exercises power and has jurisdiction by virtue of the office they hold).

The power which the diocesan bishop exercises is ordinary (related to his office as a diocesan bishop), proper (exercised in his own name, not vicariously) and immediate (directed toward all in the territory of his diocese).

The power exercised by the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is ordinary (related to the specific office entrusted to him), vicarious (exercised in the name of the Roman Pontiff) and personal authority (directed to all who belong to the Ordinariate).

As the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (from here on referred to simply as ‘the Ordinary’) has similar authority and responsibilities in Canon Law to a diocesan bishop he is therefore an ex officiomember of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales. As a member of the Conference, the Ordinary, like a diocesan bishop, takes a full part in its discussions and decisions.

The Ordinary exercises collegiate responsibility for implementing the resolutions taken by the Conference within the life of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, in the same way that a diocesan bishop does so within his diocese.

As with diocesan bishops, the Ordinary is required to make a visit to Rome every five years (traditionally called thead limina Apostolorum – to the threshold of the Apostles) and present a report on the status of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham to the Pope through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in consultation with the Congregation for Bishops.

The Right Reverend Monsignor Keith Newton P.A. was born in Liverpool, United Kingdom, in April 1952, the younger of two brothers. He married Gill Donnison in August 1973 and they have three children: Lucy, Tom and James. Their eldest, Lucy, is married to Leo and they have a daughter, Katy.

He was educated at Alsop High School, Liverpool (1963-70) and went on to read Theology at King's College, University of London (1970-73) where he was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Divinity and was made an Associate of Kings College (AKC). He gained a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from Christchurch College Canterbury in 1974 and continued formation for the Anglican priesthood at St Augustine’s College, Canterbury. He was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1975 and priest a year later for the Anglican Diocese of Chelmsford where he served his first appointment as curate at St Mary’s, Great Ilford.

He and his wife were received into the full Communion of the Catholic Church at Westminster Cathedral by Bishop Alan Hopes on 1 January 2011. He was ordained to the sacred priesthood at Westminster Cathedral on 15 January 2011 by Archbishop Vincent Nichols. On the same day he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. On 17 March 2011 he was honoured by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, being elevated to the rank of Protonotary Apostolic.

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